By: Laweesah Sidi, Farida Haruna, and Loveth Sendave
There was tension on campus over the discovery of slimy substance in a popular fruit drink, 5 Alive, bought at the university’s cafeteria.
A student of the Department of Business Administration, who pleaded not to be named, made the discovery, Monday.
The source was having lunch at the university’s cafeteria when he went over to the adjoining coffee shop to buy the juice.
Unaware of its strange content, he said he gulped the juice directly from the pack but along the line, felt something different entering his mouth.
“I was drinking the juice from the pack, then felt a slimy substance in my throat. First, I thought it was the food I was eating,” the student said.
“But when I poured the juice into a cup, I discovered a slimy substance resting above the surface.’’
He said he was highly irritated and immediately abandoned his meal and went to his room.
When contacted, the Assistant Manager of the cafeteria, Esther Usman, said the management of the eatery did not produce the juice.
“We don't have anything to do with the production. We just buy and sell,” she told campus journalists.
Asked if the sale of the famous 5 Alive drink will continue, Mrs. Usman said, “we won’t stop buying and selling it.”
Mrs. Usman did not, however, apologise for the unforeseen occurrence.
The Executive Manager Project and Proposals, Fidelis Ne Che, who admitted being a victim of a contaminated fruit drink, said the problem was not restricted to 5 Alive.
He said, “It’s not just 5 Alive but also other drinks, which are not properly packaged.
“Depending on the conditions under which they are stored, manufacturers are meant to vacuum and seal the drink properly before selling. If the product is properly sealed, no bacteria will grow in inside.”